26th METS Opens To Crowds

The 26th annual Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) opened today at the Amsterdam RAI to solid crowds.

According to organizers the 2014 show is slightly larger than last year's event, with 1,320 exhibitors from 100 countries showing thousands of new products – including more than 300 global debuts.

This year's show also features three new national pavilions representing the marine industries of South Korea, Slovenia and China, respectively. "The China pavilion is quite remarkable,' said show manager Irene Dros. "When I started at METS in 2001 we had three or four Chinese companies, and now we have a  Chinese pavilion.'  In total, 49 exhibitors from China can be found at this year's METS.

A total of seven companies are exhibiting in the new Slovenian pavilion, along with five firms representing South Korea's budding recreational boating industry. These new national pavilions bring the total at METS to 18.

A total of 16 Canadian marine equipment manufacturers are exhibiting at this year's show, about half of them in the Canadian pavilion.  "I would say the show opening was very encouraging,' said Scepter Corporation's David Jones. "Right from the start it was very busy.'

Michael Szwez, General Counsel / Corporate Secretary for Dock Edge + Inc., Woodbridge, Ontario, said he was pleased with the show so far. "I've already been able to speak with a number of important contacts, so it's definitely off to a good start,' he said. "The show has a positive feel to it.'

The 26th METS runs through November 21 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.